American Cinematographer

American Cinematographer is the monthly magazine published by the American Society of Cinematographers. American Cinematographer covers film and video production techniques.

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 1, January

Amy Jones and Love Letters
The package is intriguing. Producer: Roger Corman. Star: Jamie Lee Curtis. Script: something called Love Letters written by Amy Jones. Director: that same Amy Jones, the director who brought Slumber Party Massacre to the screen. Mix the ingredients together...
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Creating the Visitors for V
Make-upThe concept of "V" is simple. Alien creatures invade the Earth, win the confidence of its inhabitants then attempt to take over mastery of the planet for nefarious purposes, i.e., to eat humans for food.An invasion of Earth has been done scores...
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Filming: Magic Carpet 'Round the World
Sensitive lighting and interesting scene composition can be difficult enough to achieve with one camera. But consider the challenge imposed by placing nine cameras in a circle to photograph Magic Carpet 'Round The World for Walt Disney Productions' Circle-Vision...
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From the Clubhouse
Gordon Willis received the 1983 Billy Bitzer Award from International Photographers Local 644 in New York. Willis is currently shooting Woody Alien's Purple Rose of Cairo and his credits include Klute, The Godfather, The Parallax View, All the President's...
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From the Editor
Among the unsung heroes of film production is the grip. To the laity the job title may be a source of puzzled amusement, especially when the uninitiated try to imagine the work of a dolly grip.Perhaps the only people on a crew who can fully understand...
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In Memoriam
John L. Herrmann, ASC, FRPS, FRSA, oldest surviving member of the South Pole expedition of 1933-35, died at Kilgore, Texas, on November 28. He had been a member of the ASC for 48 years.Born in Galveston, Texas, on December 12, 1892, Herrmann was a newsreel...
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Letters
De gustibus ...The new format for American Cinematographer looks great! I approve of the changes you are making in layout and coverage of all areas of filmmaking.-Douglas L. YoungWest Columbia, SC... non est disputandumTo say the least, I was surprised...
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New Products
Digital Talking SlateThe world's first talking slate, dubbed the MacMarker, speaks directly to the recorder via cable or transmitter and has a six digit display using 2'' liquid crystals for scene and take information. A voice synthesizer reads the scene...
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Panacam and Lightflex on the Beggar's Opera
I was the director of video cinematography on a production over a period of six days, of the National Theatre Play The Beggar's Opera. Director Richard Eyre re-blocked, re-staged and slightly edited the original show, so that it could be shot as a four...
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Photographing: HEAT AND DUST
I was shooting Tuxedo Warrior in Zimbabwe when I received the script of Heat and Dust, and I remember the mixture of pleasure and apprehension with which I read it. Three times previously have I shot features on the Indian subcontinent, starting as long...
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Ralf D. Bode, ASC, and GORKY PARK
Gorky Park is a mystery thriller with a difference. Its central character fits comfortably into the tradition of the "good cop" working his way through a maze of intrigue and corruption, but this time the cop is Arkady Renko, chief investigator for the...
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Robert Flaherty: Free Spirit
A Centennial of the "Father of the Documentary Film": 1884-1951THE life story of Robert Flaherty, American-born geologist/mining engineer who became a legendary filmmaker and began a whole new approach to the art of the cinema has been recorded and analyzed...
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The Bookshelf
Tony Crawley's informal and engaging biography, The Steven Spielberg Story lets the director talk at length about his filmmaking methods. From such teenage experiments as Firelight to his elaborate space fantasies, Close Encounters and E.T., Spielberg...
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Understanding Video Edit Systems
In just under three decades since the very inception of video recording, video editing equipment has progressed from total nonexistence to an enormously expanding industry using space age technology.Shortly after the first on-air usage of video recording...
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Visual Style for ONE DARK NIGHT
One Dark Night is a teenage suspense-horror film that blends several cinematographic elements. Each element was chosen for stylistic purposes to complement the story and to enhance the entertainment potential. Conceived by a visual director, Tom McLoughlin,...
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